Research shows Crystal Palace FC as the most profitable team for punters

  • Research by Oddschecker shows Crystal Palace the most profitable team for football punters last season
  • Southampton and relegated Middlesbrough finished bottom of the profit league

Ahead of the new 2017-18 Premier League season, odds comparison site Oddschecker has produced a fascinating table, which lists last season’s Premier League teams in order of profitability, with Crystal Palace surprisingly coming out on top.

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If football punters had placed £20 on Crystal Palace to win every game they played last season, they would have earned a total return of £246 on the season. That figure is based on taking the best available price. But, even if punters had taken the worst possible price for every game, they would still have ended the season with a profit of £85.

Premier League winners Chelsea and runners-up Tottenham Hotspur also featured prominently among the most profitable teams, along with Watford, who landed big odds when beating Manchester United in September and Arsenal in January.

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The difference between the best and worst price figure is particularly wide in the case of Crystal Palace and Watford, illustrating the difficulty that bookmakers have in pricing up underdogs against the bigger teams in the Premier League.

Another surprise is the lowly position of Southampton. The Saints finished eighth in the Premier League but are second from bottom in the Oddschecker Profit and Loss Table, thanks to their relatively predictable form, which made it easier for bookmakers to price them up and harder for punters to profit from their games.

With new managers in place at both clubs, it will be fascinating to see whether these trends continue in the 2017-18 season. Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton are 500-1 chances to win the Premier League, but are around the 11-2 mark to make the top six, while Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace can be backed at 3-1 to finish in the top ten.

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